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The Sound of Music cast reunite

world Updated: Oct 31, 2010 19:31 IST

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Hollywood classic The Sound of Musics seven Von Trapp children, who joined Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer for a reunion on the Oprah Winfrey show, are working on a book that will chronicle their experiences of working in one the most popular movie musicals of all times.

The entire cast of the 1965 Oscar-winning film reunited on the Oprah Winfrey Show for the first time in 45 years. The show also featured performance by the real Von Trapp great-grandchildren.

Nicholas Hammond, who played the eldest boy Friedrich in the movie, said the "kids" are still close and are currently working on a new project together.

"We realised that we have got this treasure trove of memorabilia that we have kept (from the shooting of the movie) — our home movies and photos and all of the stuff — and we are doing a book, the seven kids, and answering all the questions that everybody has asked," Hammond said.

"We thought now was our chance to kind of give that back to all the wonderful fans around the world." The book is expected to be out next year. The actors reminisced about filming the movie and shared personal anecdotes during the one-hour show with Winfrey.

Noting that the movie "made my career," Andrews, 75, said, "It was that big a movie, and we had no idea really at the beginning that it was going to be that huge."

Andrews was 28 and a new mom when she headed to Austria to shoot for her role as the nun-turned-governess 'Fraulein Maria.'

Andrews also spoke of her throat surgery in 1997, an operation that left her legendary voice permanently damaged.

"It was not a successful operation, and tissue was removed. I didn't have cancer, I didn't have nodules, I didn't have anything.

So, sadly, I had to work to deal with the loss of a voice because it just didn't come back."

Plummer, who played the strict widower Captain Von Trapp, admitted having "fallen in love" with Andrews after seeing her on Broadway in My Fair Lady a few years earlier.

Plummer said he was not thrilled with the role of Captain Von Trapp at first. "I wanted to do a musical, and that was what attracted it to me. But the part as written was not exactly Hamlet... There was not enough humour in it."

He said one of his main concerns with The Sound of Music was that it had the potential to be "too sappy."

"It was pretty delicate stuff because it could have run overboard and become very mawkish and sentimental. So one day I called it The Sound of Mucus."

Plummer, 80, also recalled his drinking sessions in Austria during shooting, that had left him too big for his costume.

The award-winning stage actor said he had never before done a group interview with the rest of the cast since the movie was released.